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BBC2's first world war drama 37 Days was a march over very familiar territory. Spoiler alert: negotiations didn't work
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As Russia's forces gathered on its western border last week, we were reminded once again that history repeats itself. First as tragedy, then as a three-part BBC series.
The particular section of history dramatised in 37 Days has been repeating itself of late like a pub bore on a baked bean diet. We may have our educational lacunae in this country, but surely most viewers could now gain an Oxford history first on the causes of the first world war.
Written by Mark Hayhurst, who scripted 2011's The Man Who Crossed Hitler, 37 Days covered the period between the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28 June 1914 and Britain's declaration of war against Germany on 4 August. »
- Andrew Anthony
Exclusive: After a long, long search and multiple rounds of testing, British actor Max Brown has been cast as the lead in Fox‘s 13-episode action-adventure drama series Hieroglyph, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, it follows Ambrose (Brown), a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Brown, repped by UTA, Luber Roklin Entertainment and UK’s United Agents, most recently co-starred on the first season of the CW drama, Beauty And The Beast as medical examiner Evan Marks. He previously starred on Showtime/BBC’s The Tudors and BBC’s Spooks (aka Mi-5). »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
BBC One has debuted a first-look trailer for the new series of Silk.
The courtroom drama will return for its third run on Monday, February 24 at 9pm.
Series two drew to a close back in June 2012, pulling in 5.28m viewers for BBC One.
A third series was originally announced on the same day, with Moffat promising "characters, relationships, politics as well as a great deal of unfinished business" from series two.
The Paradise cancelled by BBC One after two series
BBC Two announces new drama series London Spy from Child 44 writer »
He's been a Turkish pimp, an Afghan drug dealer, an Iranian assassin. Now the prankster behind Fonejacker wants to use his comic flair in drama
There is a restlessness to Kayvan Novak that isn't entirely explained by him having come straight from the airport, off a flight from Los Angeles, where he has been meeting TV executives: "Saying I want to do a show out here, I want to make Americans laugh, I want to make a name for myself and be rich and famous and make films and not worry about my mortgage." That's refreshingly honest, I say – most actors or comics say it's entirely about the art. Does he like the attention? It's not about that, he says, perching on an overstuffed sofa in a London hotel, leaning forward and never quite sitting still."My characters are much more famous than I am so I don't crave attention, »
- Emine Saner
AC-12's intrepid trio are busy investigating a fatal ambush and what's Keeley Hawes' fascinating Di Denton up to? Welcome back, Mr Mercurio ...
Welcome back everyone … and breathe. The second season of Jed Mercurio's police corruption drama kicked off with a violent ambush and ended with an unexpected defenestration. Alas poor Georgia, we barely knew you, and I was quite enjoying your hard-drinking, pool-playing, posh-girl ways.
The main storyline sees AC-12's intrepid trio, DS Steve Arnott, DC Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings investigating the aftermath of that ambush, something that doesn't look like it'll be very easy, given that one of the survivors was a mystery man in the witness protection unit and the other, Keeley Hawes' Di Lindsay Denton, may not be the innocent she appears to be.
As last year's readers will remember, I had a few issues with the first season of Line of Duty. »
- Sarah Hughes
After making its debut at Sundance last year, Jeremy Lovering’s horror film, In Fear, is finally about to get its stateside release, having hit cinemas on our shores just after Halloween last year.
The movie went on to have its UK premiere at Sundance London, which is where I first saw it, and thought it was absolutely brilliant – you can read our review here. Easily one of the best horror movies of last year.
With its theatrical and home entertainment release now in sight across the Atlantic, Anchor Bay has launched the Us trailer over on Yahoo Movies, as well as releasing the stateside poster.
In Fear is an intense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night. Home invasion but in a car. In real-time. Tom and Lucy are trapped in a maze of country roads with only their vehicle for protection, »
- Kenji Lloyd
The last major role yet to be cast in Alan Taylor's upcoming "Terminator" reboot is that of a young Kyle Reese. Variety reports that the list of contenders has been whittled down to five actors who are set to test for the role early next week.
The two most well-known names are rising Aussie thesp Jai Courtney and Boyd Holbrook. A memorable role in Starz' "Spartacus" for Courtney led to a major role in "Jack Reacher," the co-lead role of John McClane's son in "A Good Day to Die Hard," and the key role of 'Eric' in the upcoming "Divergent". He also appears in this month's "I, Frankenstein" and is currently filming Angelina Jolie's "Unbroken".
- Garth Franklin
7 items from 2014
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